MHRA warn patients not to purchase unreliable “Hightop” HIV testing kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning to the public not to use or buy Hightop HIV Home Testing Kits because they may be unreliable and produce false results. The MHRA has seized 114 potentially unreliable products from suppliers in the UK and all sales of the product have been […]

Partnership launch for York Drug and Alcohol Service

York Drug and Alcohol Service held a launch event on Wednesday 26th July to mark the start of how local agencies can shape services that further helps people struggling with substance misuse. Commissioned by City of York Council, the service is now being delivered under a new partnership between Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health […]

Spectrum shortlisted for the Nursing Times Awards

Spectrum Community Health has made the official shortlist for the Nursing Times Awards 2017, with five patient projects nominated for a national award! Spectrum teams are finalists in the following categories: Emergency and Critical Care Nursing in the Community Respiratory Nursing Managing Long-Term Conditions Celebrating hard work across a range of projects, this shortlisting is […]

New partnership with LTHT delivering HIV care in Wakefield

From Tuesday 1st August 2017, Spectrum will be partnering up with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) to provide specialist HIV treatment and care to those living with HIV in Wakefield. The new HIV service being delivered by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) will be running from our Trinity Walk Clinic in Wakefield. HIV patients […]

Government launches new Drugs Strategy and Clinical Guidelines

The government has today launched it’s new Drug Strategy, to reduce illicit drug use and increase the rate of individuals recovering from drug dependence. Each year in the UK, drugs cost society £10.7 billion in policing, healthcare and crime, with drug-fuelled theft alone costing £6 billion a year. Research shows that for every £1 spent […]

Spectrum attends Connecting Recovery conference

On Wednesday 5th July, Spectrum will join healthcare partners across Yorkshire to attend the Aspire – “Connecting Recovery in the Community” Conference in Doncaster. This event is a great opportunity for professionals working in substance misuse to build relationships with partner providers across Yorkshire and learn more about the excellent work being done to build […]

Men’s Health Week 2017

From 12-18 June, Spectrum marked Men’s Health Week – a week to focus on health issues which more commonly affect men, and what we can do to reduce risk. This year’s campaign, led by the Men’s Health Forum, focused on abdominal obesity (belly fat) – this is the most dangerous type of fat, and most […]

Spectrum makes the shortlist for Patient Safety Awards

Three Spectrum services have made this year’s shortlist for the Patient Safety Awards, which will be held in Manchester on Tuesday 4 July. This fantastic achievement exemplifies Spectrum’s commitment to providing high-quality patient care across our community and secure settings. Our finalists in each category are: HMP & YOI Styal – Clinical Governance and Risk […]

Spectrum People join the crowds for Wakefield Armed Forces Day

Charity volunteers from Spectrum People joined community partners and families across the district to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Wakefield on 18 June. Led by Spectrum People Co-ordinator, Fran Taylor, the team of volunteers organised a book raffle to raise funds for the charity’s community initiatives across Wakefield (including the Café and Chat project, which […]

Spectrum join Changing Lives as new providers for York Drug & Alcohol service

Spectrum Community Health will join national charity Changing Lives as the new providers of drug and alcohol services in York from 1 June. Spectrum and Changing Lives are already working in partnership on substance misuse services in North Yorkshire and will now take over drug and alcohol services in York, commissioned by the City of […]